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Browse the varied selection of drawing supplies available at Staples® to find the right tools for creating sketches. The right set of drawing implements to get depends on the user's skill level. While beginners and school-age kids only require basic tools, professionals need more precise and versatile art supplies in their drawing kits.

Essential Accessories to Get When Shopping for Drawing Supplies
The four essential drawing tools for budding artists are pencil, paper, pencil sharpener, and eraser. Regular pencils have solid cores made of graphite and charcoal. They are available in different hardness levels, with each producing lines of unique thickness and intensity. Manufacturers classify drawing pencils with an HB scale and a numerical scale. The number and H designation of a pencil describe the hardness of its graphite core. The harder the implement, the lighter it draws. B expresses the blackness of a pencil mark. Soft drawing pencils have markings ranging from B to 8B while hard ones bear HB to 5H.

There are three features artists have to look for when comparing drawing paper. These are texture, weight, and durability. Sketchbooks with a smooth texture are best for soft pencils. Choose acid-free sketch paper to make drawings last longer. For erasers, look for one that's soft and smooth. It should remove lines cleanly, leave little to no residue, and preserve the surface of drawing paper.

Choose an Artist Set for a Complete Collection of Drawing Supplies
Drawing sets contain all the supplies needed by most artists. These sets usually have multiple pencils and erasers. They may also include additional drawing implements like sketching pens and blending stumps. Pick a set of graphite pencils of different grades ranging from B (softest) to 5H (hardest). Mechanical pencils allow users to make small sketches and draw fine details. In addition to the grades of their lead cores, artists also consider tip fineness when selecting mechanical pencils. To do color drawings, consider a set of crayons, colored pencils, and markers, and/or chalk pastels.

What Charcoal Drawing Supplies Do Artists Need?
Charcoal is excellent for figure drawing and is available as stick, pencil, and in powder form. Charcoal pencils are for drawing fine details while the stick form is best for broad strokes and sketching on large canvases. There are three types of drawing charcoal. Willow charcoal is hard and brittle and puts down light lines that are easy to blend and rub off. Compressed charcoal draws thick lines and is suitable for shading but is difficult to erase or blend. Vine charcoal offers a good balance between willow and compressed varieties.

What Should You Look for in Art Pens When Shopping for Drawing Supplies?
Tips and ink types are important features to note when comparing drawing pens. Besides color, also consider the quality, opacity, flow, and drying speeds of the inks. The best drawing pens use quick-drying, fade-resistant, and waterproof archival inks.

Should Artists Get Specialty Paper When Ordering Drawing Supplies?
Yes and no. Any type of paper can serve as drawing paper. However, it is best to use the right paper for each drawing tool. For example, graphite and charcoal pencils sketch better on thick and coarse paper. Look for a sketchbook filled with smooth pages when drawing with pens, crayons, and markers.
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Crayola Create N' Carry Case (04-6814)
Item: 587603 / Model : 04-6814
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  • 75 piece combo art storage case and lap desk
  • All in one portable art studio and easel
  • Includes 16 Construction Paper Crayons, 8 washable Gel-FX Markers, 8 classic Fine Line Markers, 12 Short Colored Pencils and 30 sheets of Construction Paper.
13.89 $13.89
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Crayola Creativity Tub, 80/Pieces Per Box (04-5358)
Item: 573999 / Model : 04-5358
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  • Sturdy storage solution, new marbleized plastic tub.
  • Same great tools!
  • 80+ piece set
18.39 $18.39
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Prismacolor Premier Colored Pencils, 36 Pack
Item: 2070332 / Model : 92885T
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  • Colored pencils with soft, thick cores that are perfect for shading and shadows
  • Ultra-smooth, even color laydown
  • Premium wood barrels with thick, robust leads that resist cracking and chipping
59.99 $59.99
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Royal Brush Water Color Pencils, 24/Pack, Assortment
Item: 300009 / Model : WPEN24
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  • Barrel color: Assorted
  • Formulated with brilliant colors, these pencils can transform from a drawing to a painting in an instant
  • Simply glide over the pencil lines with a wet brush
12.49 $12.49
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Oil Pastels, 25 color set
Item: 871642 / Model : CK-9807
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  • Regular size sticks are 2" long x 1/3" diameter
  • 25 piece set
  • Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.
6.29 $6.29
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Crayola® Neon Crayons, 8/Pack
Item: 506352 / Model : 52-3418
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  • Specially formulated to create bold, vibrant colors
  • They look great on construction paper
  • 8 neon colors include shamrock, shocking pink, outrageous orange, carnation pink, sky blue, melon, atomic tangerine, laser lemon
1.49 $1.49
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Royal Brush Studio Artist Set-Sketching & Drawing
Item: 943316 / Model : KCXLSKET
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  • Perfect for drawing and sketching on the go
  • contains (12) Essentials Color Pencils, (12) Essentials Graphite Pencils, (1) Artist's Sketching Pad, (3) blending tools, sandpaper block, (1) white eraser, (1) kneaded eraser, (1) sharpener, (1) Beginner's booklet and durable black canvas zipper case
  • Conforms to ASTM D4236
31.49 $31.49
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Sargent Art Colored Pencil Set, Assorted, 120/Pack
Item: 1610004 / Model : SAR227252
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  • Colored pencil set
  • Assorted set of 120 colored pencils
  • Suitable for ages 3-10
22.99 $22.99
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Sargent Art® 7" Colored Pencil, Assorted, 36/BX, 3 BX/BD
Item: 872611 / Model : SAR227236
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  • Color: Assorted
  • Size: 7"(L)
  • Lead size: 3.3 mm
18.19 $18.19
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Sargent Art® Watercolor Pencils, 72/Pack
Item: 155650 / Model : SAR227272
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  • 3.3 mm lead
  • Assorted barrel
  • 7" long
17.99 $17.99
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Royal Brush Artist Set For Beginners, Sketching & Drawing
Item: 943307 / Model : DS3000
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  • Everything the beginner artist needs to get started with oil painting
  • Contains (6) Essentials Graphite Pencils, (12) Essentials Graphite Colored Pencils, (3) Charcoal Pencils, (1) sketching/drawing paper pad, (3) blending stumps, (1) manikin, (1) sandpaper block, (1) pencil eraser, (1) sharpener, (1) 6-inch ruler, and (1) instruction booklet
  • All the supplies come neatly in a handy wooden storage box with handle measures (13" x 6.25" x 2")
21.89 $21.89
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Crayola® Colored Pencils, 50/Box
Item: 437142 / Model : 68-4050
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  • Provides smooth, nonscratch color
  • Assorted colors for detailed projects
  • AP certified nontoxic
11.79 $11.79
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Crayola Ultimate Collection Crayons, 152/Box (52-0030)
Item: 267649 / Model : 52-0030
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  • Crayon collection for kids' art
  • Assorted colors
  • 152 crayons in a multi-tiered, four-sided case
15.79 $15.79
152/Box
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Crayola® Colored Pencils Classpack®, 240/Box
Item: 424772 / Model : 68-8024
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  • Full-length colored pencils
  • 3.3-mm
  • AP Certified Non-toxic
34.23 $34.23
240/Carton
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Crayola Mini Twistables Crayons, 24/Box (52-9724)
Item: 589733 / Model : 52-9724
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  • Compact size twistables crayons for kids' art
  • 24 assorted brilliant colors
  • Pack offers 24 mini twistables crayons
7.49 $7.49
24/Pack
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Crayola® Washable Crayons, 24/Pack
Item: 452838 / Model : 52-6924
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  • 24 assorted washable colors
  • Ages: 4+ years
  • Non-toxic
4.29 $4.29
24/Box
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Crayola® Eraseable Colored Pencils, 12/Pack
Item: 495889 / Model : 68-4412
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  • Pre-sharpened long pencils are strong and durable
  • 12 bright, intense assorted colors have smooth lay down
  • 3.3mm lead size
5.79 $5.79
12/Box
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Staedtler Fiber Tip Pen Duo-Colour JB 36pcs (320C36JBU)
Item: 2417939 / Model : 320C36LU
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  • 36 assorted fashion colors
  • Fiber Tips
  • Various .5MM - 3.0 tips
12.99 $12.99
36/Pack
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Crayola® Twistables® Colored Pencils, 18/Pack
Item: 636184 / Model : 68-7418
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  • Clear barrels for easy color identification and viewing the twisting action
  • Lead doesn't need sharpening
  • Clear vinyl pouch for reusable storage
6.89 $6.89
18/Pack
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Cra-Z-Art Pre-Sharpened Colored Pencils, Dozen
Item: 1543818 / Model : 10404-72
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  • Pre-sharpened colored pencils in assorted colors
  • 12 pencils packed in peggable box
  • Made of real wood and features thick, strong art-quality leads
2.29 $2.29
12/Pack
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Crayola® Washable Dry-Erase Crayons, Assorted, 8/Pack
Item: 833842 / Model : 98-5200
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  • Color: Black, blue, brown, green, orange, purple, red, yellow
  • Crayon size : 5" x 9/16"
  • Size group: Large
6.99 $6.99
8/Box
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Sakura® 0.45 mm 6 Piece Pigma Micron Pen Set
Item: 303246 / Model : 30065
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  • 0.45 mm
  • Archival quality ink
  • Chemically stable, waterproof, and fade resistant
14.29 $14.29
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Binney & Smith Crayola® Glitter Crayons, 16/Bx
Item: 379509 / Model : 52-3716
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  • Six glitter colors that sparkle and shimmer
  • Color assortment comes from a unique palette that complements the core crayon line
  • AP Certified nontoxic
3.29 $3.29
16/Box
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Holiday Smencil 5-Packs - 3 Sets of Scented Holiday Pencils
Item: 24154072 / Model : BNDL(3)X05T22
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  • You will receive 3 5-Packs for a total of 15 Smencils
  • Smencils are made from 100% recycled newspapers
  • Scents are guaranteed to last for 2 years
19.99 $19.99
15/Bundle